Review number two!
Crystal Brook has always been the dud Savant in her family; paranormal powers just aren’t her thing. Dropping out of school with a clutch of ‘E’ grades and no future, she lives in the shadow of her high-flying sister Diamond. On a trip to Denver, a chance encounter with the dashing Benedict brothers leaves Diamond head over heels in love and engaged to be married. Crystal, on the other hand, is unimpressed by their charms . . . in fact no boy can annoy her as much as Xav Benedict! Back in Venice, their families assemble for Diamond’s wedding and a powerful enemy seizes the opportunity to attack. Crystal and Xav must join forces to save their loved-ones, unlocking a secret that, until now, has lain deeply buried . . .
When Crystal and her sister Diamond are out in Denver they are attacked by a bunch of thugs. When they are rescued Diamond instantly finds her soulfinder in the form of Trace Benedict and the pair are instantly engaged.
Crystal is injured and Trace brings them back to his apartment where younger brother Xav is ready to administer his healing gifts on Crystal.
The pair do not get on straight awya and its apparent that they are not each others soulfinders…
Crystal, unlike all the other savants, cannot do telepathy, in fact it makes her sick. So she’s a bit of a dud in the savant world. Especially to her family.
And then she gets a job doing costume designing for a local movie in Italy and while there she and Xav are invited to star as extras in the movie; playing lovers.
They kiss and sparks fly and even though they are convinced that they are not each others soulfinders they agree to see each other.
And then something happens. The Countess is out for revenge. Her son, in the second book, was one of the ones arrested, and she wants to get back at the Benedicts. So she steals their female soulfinders and wipes their memories so they have no recollection.
When Crystals powers are finally revealed and its clear that her and Xav are soulfinders its up to her to save everyone…
Seeking Crystal manages to tie together the elements of the plot from the previous 2 books. It is just brilliant.
Crystal is a very different character to those we have previously encountered in the previous books. Utterly out of place in a family of savants due to her lack of paranormal powers. I really felt for Crystal; she’s not especially close to her mother who favors the savants of the family. She is, however, very close to her father, who is able to see just how special Crystal is with or without paranormal powers. His death is a devastating blow to the family but even more so for Crystal who felt he was the only person to understand her.
The relationship between soul-finders is examined closely and at a deeper level in this book than the previous two, bringing a greater level of understanding to the story as a whole. With the death of Crystal’s father it allows insight into how it feels to lose your soul-finder and also examines savants decisions to either wait and hope for their soul-finder or chance happiness with someone you know isn’t you’re other half. The depiction of heartbreak and being set adrift translates as an integral part of the plot in more ways than one.
The setting is quite simply beautiful, Joss’ descriptive narratives of the places and people really gives you an amazing insight into how everything look. Its like she’s transported you to these places from the comfort of your own bedroom.
All of the previous characters are again included, it takes a very skillful writer to develop this amount of characters and their relationships simultaneously.
There are some amazing revelations that I will honestly say I did not see coming but I am not going to spoil the story for you by telling you about them.
I loved everything about this book and the series as a whole and it ended with Crystal predicting where the rest of the brothers soul finders were so I hope there will be more books with the others left. Even if they are adults I need to know if they find them and what their soul finders are like.
I love this series and I reccommend it to anyone.
10 out of 10 stars for the series 🙂